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Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Titans encouraged by Collins and Britt

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Jeff Fisher let his team sleep in Wednesday, then ran a shorter, less physical practice later in the day than usual.

That was part the coach’s gut feel for what his team needed and part necessity because he’s got some many defensive line injuries -- six of the team's nine linemen are on the injury report.

So there was not a full read on other injured guys.

But quarterback Kerry Collins (calf) ran seven-on-seven for the offense on a day when there was no team period.

And Kenny Britt, who’s been out since suffering a hamstring injury at San Diego on Halloween, said he ran 10 of 12 plays in that period, opening it up on one more than the team would have liked.

Both sounded hopeful.

But Collins is a more likely addition to the lineup a week after the team started rookie Rusty Smith in Houston and was shutout 20-0. Quarterback coach Dowell Loggains is likely to be calling plays with the ill Mike Heimerdinger absent or serving in an assistant capacity from the coaching booth. Having a veteran who can do a lot more than a rookie should make a huge difference for a first-rime play-caller.

The Titans were playing quite well before Britt got hurt and have not been playing well without him, acquiring Randy Moss in the meantime. Moss has had three different starting quarterbacks in his three games and has four catches for 49 yards.

Both Britt and Moss play the X spot, and odds are there will be some sort of time share once Britt returns and/or the team will move him around when using both at the same time.

“I’m not sure, I’ve been asking [receivers coach] Fred Graves if I need to learn another position and he said not yet,” Britt said. “I hope I’m still at the X position.”

Said Collins about the potential of having both: “I try not to involve myself too much in personnel matters. Historically, yes, they both play the same position. I’m sure we’d find a way to get both of them on the field.”